Monthly Archives: March 2013

Links We Like: 3/29/13

It’s been a while since our last set of links, but we’re back in force to bring you the best reads from around the web for your weekend reading. – Jeff Sullivan analyzes Justin Verlander’s $180 million contract at FanGraphs … Continue reading

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So Far, 2013 Among History’s Maddest Marches

By Andrew Mooney An already unpredictable season of college basketball got a little bit wackier last weekend. After defeating Georgetown, 15-seed Florida Gulf Coast has received the majority of the Cinderella-centric media coverage, and rightly so, but let’s not forget … Continue reading

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Blackhawks vs. Heat: Which Streak is More Unlikely?

William Marks As of this writing, the Miami Heat have won 22 consecutive games. Meanwhile over in the NHL, from January 19th through March 6th, the Chicago Blackhawks earned at least one point in 24 consecutive games. While the Heat’s … Continue reading

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Survival of the Fittest: Predicting the 2013 NCAA Tournament

The goal of every team in the NCAA tournament is to survive and advance. And, if you want to win your March Madness pool, your goal should be to predict which teams will do just that. Most prediction systems view … Continue reading

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Predicting the Madness: 2013 Upset Edition

For the past two years, I have worked on a model that predicts NCAA Tournament upsets using the gospel of tempo-free basketball stats, the Four Factors. Over that time, the model has gone a perfect six for six in predicting … Continue reading

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National TV Rondo Actually Exists

By Ryan Fortin Throughout Rajon Rondo’s career, he has always shone under the spotlight. He is, of course, Boston’s best point guard and arguably the best player on the team. But as Grantland’s Bill Simmons has noted on occasion, he … Continue reading

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We Went There: The 1997 NBA Finals, Live From Pyongyang

By Cameron Dowd, Andrew Mooney, and Kevin Meers This post can also be seen at here. North Korean basketball enthusiasts have long remained anonymous, as their sport flew as far under the radar as most other objects in North Korea. But their … Continue reading

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The Best Home Court Advantage You’ve Never Heard About

Ask any player or coach in the Ivy League which gym is the toughest to play in, and you will get a near unanimous response: Jadwin Gymnasium at Princeton University. The Palestra may get (a lot) louder, and the road … Continue reading

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NBA Role Players: Do They Actually Make a Difference? (Part 1)

By Ty Aderhold When one looks at the NBA, it is easy to see that it is a superstar-driven league.  Most experts will tell you it is almost impossible to win the championship without at least one superstar.[1] At the … Continue reading

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NCAA Basketball: Unprecedented Upsets or Same Old Story?

By Julian Ryan *Editor’s Note: Written before Week 18 rankings published Is it really that crazy a college basketball season? Most college hoops fans would argue that this season has seen an unprecedented amount of upsets. Unlike last year, when … Continue reading

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